Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative

Preparing the next generation of Youth Justice Leaders,
Building the Capacity of Community-Based Organizations

The Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative (PFI) offers John Jay students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with leading New York City agencies committed to youth justice while engaging in complementary scholarship to contextualize their experiences. A collaboration between the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Pinkerton Foundation, the fellowships are administered by the Prisoner Reentry Institute and open to John Jay students dedicated to serving the New York City youth justice community. With separate tracks for undergraduate and graduate students, Pinkerton Fellows emerge from the program equipped to assume positions of leadership in the field.

Note: The application for the 2019-20 Pinkerton Fellowship cohort has passed. Please check back in late 2019 to apply for the 2020-21 cohort. 

For Undergraduates


The Pinkerton Community Fellowship is a 12-15 month program open to John Jay undergraduates seeking to fulfill direct service roles with some of New York City’s leading nonprofit community-based organizations addressing a diverse range of youth justice issues.

Pinkerton Community Fellows combine service at our host organizations with the 12-credit PFI Practicum in Youth Justice and ongoing personal and professional development.

Students are selected based on their academic achievements, professional experience, and commitment to youth justice. Fellows receive a stipend of up to $12,750 for their 15-month commitment. Cohorts begin each June.


For Graduate Students


The Pinkerton Graduate Community Fellowship is a 12-month program for graduate students pursuing Master’s degrees in Forensic Psychology and Forensic Mental Health Counseling.

Graduate Fellows complete a paid externship at one of our New York City partner agencies, gaining practical experience at leading community-based youth justice organizations while completing comprehensive coursework and professional development.

Graduate Fellows are selected based on their academic achievements and demonstrated interest in youth justice, direct service, and clinical practice. Graduate Fellows receive a $4,000 stipend and tuition remission at the in-state rate for John Jay courses taken while participating. Cohorts begin each June.


For Agency Partners


PFI is always seeking new partnerships with agencies interested in providing meaningful internships for carefully selected students dedicated to serving court-involved youth.

The two PFI fellowship tracks – for undergraduate and graduate students – bridge practice and theory by getting students out of the classroom and into real-world experiences where they can apply their knowledge and skills to advance the goals of their host organizations and the broader field of youth justice.

Partner agencies receive significant operational support from PRI while helping to develop future youth justice leaders among talented undergraduate and graduate students.